Explore the Tarcoles River, home to one of the world’s largest crocodile populations, on this guided boat tour. Along the way, learn about the area’s biodiversity and spot crocodiles, reptiles, and other local wildlife, including more than 50 bird species. Plus, enjoy some Costa Rican coffee and other refreshments on board. Private tour options are available.
Visit this popular tourist attraction, known for crocodiles and birds
The dock is wheelchair accessible and WiFi is available
Perfect for experienced birdwatchers who may spot around 100 species
Several departure times are available throughout the day
Live commentary on board
Professional bilingual guide
Transportation to/from attractions
Meeting And Pickup
Jungle Crocodile Safari & Bird Watching Tour
From the Tarcoles, police station head 2 km north to our entrance to the rigth, Provincia de Puntarenas, Tarcoles, 61102, Costa Rica
Transportation is an additional service.
This activity ends back at the meeting point.
What To Expect
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Service animals allowed
Near public transportation
Transportation is wheelchair accessible
Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
Most travellers can participate
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travellers.
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Crocs and pretty birds
Carlo_Z, Mar 2023
We saw several crocodiles and lots of birds, as promised. Very knowledgeable guide. The captain went above and beyond to put us in the best position to take great pictures.
Ultimate in Relaxation
Richard_T, Mar 2023
The facility is excellent. Nice location, good restaurant, decent selection of merchandise to shop and clean restrooms. The boat trip was fun and an engaging way to beat the heat while learning about the area and viewing numerous birds in their natural habitat. We did see several crocodiles; both in the water and on shore. The biggest was around 8 foot and fairly close to the boat. Excellent staff. I would consider this tour a great value based on the general cost of tours in Costa Rica.
Awesome bird sittings but...
Edward_R, Feb 2023
Awesome bird sittings but wish our captain had driven the boat slower to allow for photos. I think it was his first trip.
Crocs at sunset
Marc_L, Jan 2023
A very comfortable boat ride with lots of bird sightings and of course close up croc sightings.
The guide was very knowledgeable and knew every bird.
Elke_B, Dec 2022
Great tour entertaining guide would do it again Easy access for everyone shop and people in the shop are super nice
Kristin_M, Apr 2022
Awesome experience!! Hansel was our tour guide and he brought knowledge and humor together for a great adventure.
Ronald_S, Apr 2022
Had a great time. Our guide was fantastic and really knew his stuff. Really nice way to spend a few hours
Amazing tour for anyone remotely interested in animals & nature
Diana_M, Mar 2022
We were a group of 10 friends and we had an amazing time on this tour! It was both relaxing and engaging, and I came away learning so much. We came so close to the crocodiles while we were in the boat and also saw so many different bird species along the river. Our tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable and able to answer any question we threw at him. Would definitely recommend this tour!
Jennifer_N, Feb 2022
Excellent tour! Our guide was friendly and incredibly knowledgeable. We soaked up beautiful scenery, identified lots of birds, learned about the river, and saw several crocodiles (many VERY close up). Great experience!
Timna_N, Jan 2022
MY husband and I booked this because we love animals, learning about them etc. Crocodiles are high on our list and we thought it would be a cool experience to check out on our last full day in Costa Rica. We were beyond impressed.
The boat ride on the Tarcoles river was beautiful enough, but then ALL THE CROCODILES. Our guide was so informative and shared tons of knowledge with us. It was honestly one of my favorite travel experiences. Then to top it all off we ent to the mouth of the river where it meets the Pacific ocean and watched the sunset, and that was perfection.
Marlies_d, Nov 2021
We saw beautiful birds and crocodiles. The guide gave us a lot of information about everything. He was very nice to us!
Worth it! Go!
Greg_S, Aug 2021
Great trip. Knowledgeable guide about birds and crocs. Nice facility and boats. Great to learn about the ecosystem there and how it all works together. There are some big a** crocs!!
Worth the money and time for sure.
beautiful, amazing and wicked
Lucas_v, June 2021
amazing tour guide and lovely staff who assisted us in an amazing way since the moment we arrived. Overall just an amazing experience and company to enjoy the beauty of Costa Rican nature!
CaptE, Feb 2021
Wonderful tour we saw so many different types of wildlife, the guide and the Captain went above and beyond to make sure we had a great time.
Greg_K, Jan 2021
The trip was amazing lots of Crocodiles and birds, the guide Hansel and tge Captain Jose were very knowledgeable, feeding the big Croc was the highlight. I will do it again
JAVIER_M, Apr 2022
Vimos gran cantidad de cocodrilos y aves, fue una bonita experiencia, muy recomendable. Excursión indispensable
Un moment magique
Marie_C, Dec 2021
Le guide était super gentil, expliquait trés clairement les faits et l’histoire des crocodiles. On a passé un super moment!